MORE than 200 homes could be built on the edge of Wellington if new plans are approved.

Gladman Developments won a protracted appeal against Taunton Deane Borough Council in 2018 over plans to build 205 homes on land west of Bagley Road, in the nearby village of Rockwell Green.

Gladman has since sold the site to Bovis Homes, which has applied to build the same number of homes.

A decision on the plans is expected to be made by Somerset West and Taunton Council later in the autumn.

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Of the 205 homes planned for the site, 51 will be affordable – comprising nine one-bedroom flats, 21 two-bedroom houses and 21 three-bedroom houses.

The remaining 154 homes will all be sold at market value, and will be a mixture of three-, four- and five-bedroom houses.

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DESIGN: Proposed Layout Of The Development Of 205 Homes In Rockwell Green. PIC: Pegasus Planning

Access from the site will be via two junctions on Exeter Road, which joins the busy A38 at a roundabout at the south-west corner of the site.

Land for a 60-bed care home has been set aside on the western edge of the site, with a large play area being provided in the centre of the development area.

However, the developer suggested at a meeting with council officers on June 5 that this may not come forward.

A spokesman for Pegasus Planning – which is representing the applicant – said the site could be filled with more homes if this were the case.

He said: “At the meeting the applicant stated that the 60-bed apartment with care proposal was unlikely to go ahead, as no potential developers for this element of the permitted development had been found.

“It is therefore their intention to submit a full planning application for around 18 dwellings on that site.”

Bovis Homes has said it will provide £2.7M through the community infrastructure levy (CIL) if the homes are approved – of which 15 per cent (around £405,000) would go straight to Wellington Town Council to spend as they wish.

A spokesman said: “The proposals will deliver much-needed new homes across a range of sizes.

“The scheme represents a high-quality design response to the site with generous open space provision, and landscape and ecological enhancements to support the new homes.”

The district council is expected to make a decision on the plans after November 11.